Why a little insurrection is no big deal to Republicans

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It seems inexplicable.

A group of Americans invaded the US Capitol with a plan to kidnap and kill the Vice President and the Speaker of the House, hoping that would throw the Electoral College vote to the US House, where Republicans would declare Donald Trump the winner.

It was a naked conspiracy to overturn the election in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by about 7 million votes, and Trump and his allies were pretty much open that this was their goal.

They wanted to "Stop the Steal," that is to say, they wanted to stop the Electoral College votes certified by the states from being counted, and wanted to replace them with a vote by the US House that would keep Trump in office for another four years. But none of that is what's inexplicable - it can all be easily explained based on current evidence available for anybody with a browser and search engine to find. You can read about it in The New York Times and the Washington Post.

What's inexplicable is that nobody in the media appears to be using the correct frame to describe what happened a week later, on January 13th, when Donald Trump was impeached for a second time by the House of Representatives.

Fully 197 members of the US House of Representatives said, essentially, "Yeah, we get it that he incited a mob to come to the US Capitol to find and kill some Democrats, but that's just fine with us. No accountability necessary."

Who does that? Who says that a man whipping a crowd into a lynch-mob frenzy that leads to the death of five people is okay? What possible justification is there for that vote?

Why would they vote that way?

Trump, of course, has most Republican members of Congress terrified that they might piss him off enough that he'll go out of his way to destroy their political careers, just like he did to Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and Justin Amash. And he's been outspoken with his threats to do just that to any Republican who dares defy him.

But is that enough to justify provoking a mob to kill five people? Trump, after all, is a passing phase. He's in his 70s and won't even be a factor in American politics within a decade. That can't be it.

So why would 197 Republicans vote to protect him?

The answer is found in a phrase none of those 197 Republicans are willing to say out loud: "The election was not stolen." And it has to do with the survival of the modern Republican Party.

At a House Rules Committee hearing on January 11th, Democrat after Democrat begged their Republican colleagues, one by one, to simply say that the election wasn't stolen from Trump. None would do so.

They'd weasel-word around it, saying things like, "Biden ‘won' the election and will be inaugurated as President on January 20th." It almost became a mantra for them. But not one was willing to say that the "win" was clean and not a steal.

And for good reason.

The GOP has a huge vested interest in keeping alive the myth of "voter fraud," and that very same myth was at the core of Trump's argument his "landslide victory" was "stolen" from him "by voter fraud."

There is, of course, so little voter fraud in the US - people voting twice, non-citizens voting, or people voting as if they're somebody else (particularly a dead relative) - that it's meaningless.

The most comprehensive investigation of the period between 2000 and 2014 found, out of over a billion votes cast, 31 cases of illegal votes being cast, and almost all were felons who didn't know they'd lost their right to vote.

George W. Bush was so anxious to find voter fraud that he fired seven US Attorneys when they balked at dropping everything and finding fraudulent votes in their districts. They knew there's no meaningful amount of voter fraud in the US and never has been; Bush, after a 5-year multi-million-dollar investigation, was forced to admit it wasn't a factor in any American election.

But despite taking years and spending tens of millions of dollars, examining over a billion votes over a decade, Bush's army of federal prosecutors were only able to find 86 cases of people who'd voted illegally. And the majority of them were simply ex-felons in states that bar ex-felons from voting but didn't realize that was the law in their state.

Nonetheless, the GOP must keep the fraudulent voter myth alive to justify their decades of draconian measures to stop young people, Black and Hispanic people, and those on Social Security from voting.

They've used it in state after state for 40 years to suppress the vote and get or keep Republicans into positions of power, from the US Senate to the House to governor's mansions to state legislatures.

It's not an exaggeration to say that the foundation of Republican power in America today rests on US voters putting up with increasing levels of difficulty to vote, because voters are convinced those time-and-money-consuming steps are there to prevent all that terrible voter fraud that's infected our nation.

If they don't keep the voter fraud myth alive, the entire Republican edifice will come tumbling down. Forty years of electoral victories in close races will be revealed as the product of a scam. For the next forty years the GOP will wander in the political wilderness.

And preventing that, to their way of seeing things, is worth saying that 5 deaths, some property damage, and a little insurrection is no big deal.

-Thom

Originally posted on Medium.com.

Comments

RepubliCult's picture
RepubliCult 7 weeks 3 hours ago
#1

There is also the danger of Republicans planting or engineering the "false flag": Intentional seeding of "fraudulent votes". This could offer cover or pretext for Republican officials to cry foul, and move to declare the election a fraud.

We've seen the success of false flag tactics used against the BLM movement, where the "umbrella man" who smashed windows at the Minneapolis Autozone store was later outed as a white supremacy extremist.

Legend 6 weeks 6 days ago
#2

Talk about gullible! When Cruz beat Trump in the first 2016 Primary Trump declared voter fraud. Prior to the 2016 Election he declared that Hillary could only win if there was voter fraud. After he won the 2016 Electoral College (probably by fraud) he declared that Hillary had won the popular vote by 3 million illegals voting, Then 2020. Lies by Trump. 60 court cases, all laughed at. An entire Party supporting and repeating the lies (Mitch did admit they were lies that were lost in court days prior to the 6th). You add up the voter fraud lies along with his 22000+ (I have lost track) lies during 4 years in office, only an absolute idiot would believe anything that comes out of his mouth or any Republicans mouth.

Besides Stop the Steal, what do these misfits that raided the capitol building want? They are white and were raised with white privilege. Most of them are low lifers with no real purpose in life. Ok, 1 of the arrestee's is a retired Air Force Colonel. 1 was a fireman, who will lose his job. So far, the rest are do nothings. What did they accomplish by listening to Trumps lies? I hope they have a long time to think about it in prison.

Let the Republicans divide themselves!

This speech was 1 of many that day firing up the insurrectionists.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Bill Maher is back!

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MattB15 6 weeks 6 days ago
#3

I love it. Add up the lies lol. So, you're saying that whomever tells myriad lies is worse? It doesn't matter whether they're miniscule or of the utmost importance? Like lying about stacking cheeseburgers a mile high or You can keep your doctor, Benghazi attack was because a Youtube video. If you believe all those lies hold equal weight among each other, you're either naive or being deceitful on purpose. I sure hope it's not the latter.

rostasi 6 weeks 6 days ago
#4

Not being snarky here, I'm just trying to clarify my knowledge:
so, were there 31 or 86 cases of illegal voting (mentioned in the above article)?

deepspace's picture
deepspace 6 weeks 6 days ago
#5

Yes. Let's add up the lies. Great. Another purposely deceitful, deluded winger in denial, marinated in 30,000 Trump pathological lies -- big and small -- and four decades of Republican lies -- all big -- spews out the contents of a brainwashed mind, displaying the typical ignorance of Republican go-to logical fallacies: part-to-whole, false equivalency, and bothsidesism. Lying about lying is all they got. And they love it. Weak. Dumb. Lol.

Legend 6 weeks 5 days ago
#7

Deepspace, thanks for reply to MattB15. Just goes to show how effective Trumps constant lies are on weak minded invividuals. Every Republican will follow with more lies. He missed spelling Benghazi in all caps. But he did exhaust his source of possible Democratic lies, although both were thought to be true at first. Also most did keep their Doctors. A couple of more sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/16/politics/fact-check-dale-top-15-donald-tr...

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/01/16/worst-lies-donald-trump-presidency-orig-me.cnn

The results of Trump meeting with the Pillow Guy.

Felling betrayed right wingers want Trump out of the way so they can finish.

A third have probably all ready left.

This needs to be watched!

cuz's picture
cuz 6 weeks 5 days ago
#8

Thom, President Trump is done, the republican control of anything in DC is done, time to stop ranting about republicans and start paying attention to the democrats running the show.

Whatever one thinks about the Trump administration, he is leaving with

Gas is below $2.00/gal.

Stock Market over 30,000 which is good for everyone and anyone with a 401k or pension plan.

The US is energy independent.

We had no wars over the last four years.

Tough standards to maintain for the income administration.

Legend 6 weeks 5 days ago
#9

He still has 57 hours and he will do more damage to this country.

Gas is the same as when he started his Administration.

Look at any 10 or 12 year chart of the Dow and you did better under Obama. Trump took over the Obama Miracle.

The US was also Energy Independant to the same extent under Obama.

Still in wars. Iraq bombed the hell out of us in Iraq. Iraq shot down one of our large drones.

Trump is leaving office with the lowest approval rating in history and impeached twice.

The Capitol was just ransacked under his orders.

The country has never been more divided.

Tough act to follow!

deepspace's picture
deepspace 6 weeks 5 days ago
#10

(Eventually, we're going to learn Russian subconsciously just by scrolling past their trolls.)

Excellent sources, Legend. Especially: This needs to be watched! How can this petty little man, failed human being, and felonious "president" not be convicted in the Senate?! Oh yeah -- Republicans putting party and personal ambition above the country and all that is good and right.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 6 weeks 5 days ago
#11

In reference to the Cuz post:

  • The price of gas has little to do with an administration's policies; it's a function of the market's supply and demand, affected more by the production policies of foreign oil cartels and such factors as, say, a major negative impact on demand during a worldwide economic downturn, in this case, due to the effects of the COVID pandemic. (Remember that?)
  • The stock market principally affects the economy of only the top ten percent, notably the one-percenters. Billionaires and multimillionaires have increased their wealth while the real economy affecting everyone else is in shambles and in dire need of good ol' "guvmut" stimulus -- that "evil socialism" of Keynesian economic theory, which has proven absolutely correct time after time and which Republicans have vociferously opposed time after time.
  • Besides, the hard statistical data points of nearly all nonpartisan economic studies overwhelmingly show that Trump rode the coattails of the Obama recovery after the major recession/depression of the Bush administration. Now, the MAGA-mega failed businessman is fleeing office (not soon enough) with one of the highest unemployment rates in history due to his gross criminal negligence in handling the pandemic, never mind an estimated half-million U.S. deaths or more by summer, and the millions upon millions of lifelong related health issues of the survivors.
  • Trump's unconscionable deregulation of the fossil-fuel industries comes at an unacceptably high cost indeed: untold sickness, death, and the irreversible destruction of Mother Nature. Our children's children and their grandchildren's children's children, and beyond into a dark future, will look back askance in total disgust at the selfishness and avarice of our generation.
  • Ask any sober strategist in the military or academia what they think of Generalissimo Trump's commander-in-chief's untethered decision-making process. It was only by the restraint and intelligence of Iranian leadership that we didn't find ourselves fighting Armageddon to the death after Trump the Fool arbitrarily assassinated Qasem Soleimani against the sound, hard-won advice of all the child king's freaked-out former high-ranking military commanders ("his" generals).
  • Ask the Kurds, our most reliable battlefield allies fighting against our worst enemies, what they think of America's honor after being betrayed and abandoned and slaughtered because Trump was more interested in preserving his personal business interests in Turkey. That idiotic, immoral "judgment" was also wholeheartedly rejected by "his" generals and nearly everyone else with a strategic (and honorable) brain, military or civilian.

We could go on and on about Trump's disastrous domestic and foreign policies and cite innumerable reliable sources, but what's the use? Sadly, Trumpism is a false religion that the blind faithful will carry to the grave (not soon enough). Dust to dust -- "In nomine Patris et fillii et Spiritus Sancti."

His sadistic and evil "tough standards" are crimes against humanity, the wicked fruits of his cult of death. They are mortal sins not to "maintain" but to overcome, prosecute, and never to repeat or forget. "Yea," Biden alone cannot lead the people out of the "valley of the shadow of death." It will take the 81 million souls who wisely voted for him in a free and fair election to overcome the Republican dead-eyed liars -- and their 74 million gullible victims -- with the truth.

"The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth." - Senator Mitt Romney

Legend 6 weeks 5 days ago
#12

The constant repeating of lies knowing that the more they are repeated the more people that believe it. Classic Communist Brainwashing technique. we've heard Trumps tapes with the GA Secretary of State. The threats, the lies. Shame!

deepspace's picture
deepspace 6 weeks 5 days ago
#13

The final chapter of Trump's failed presidency played out pretty much as one would expect, given his psychotic profile. Here's a fairly well-reported account of his in-character downfall, revealed by sources inside the sanctum of his "brain" trust during the worrisome and wearisome months since he lost the election and became the world's sorest loser:

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Legend 6 weeks 4 days ago
#14

And while he is totally disassociated from running the country a Pandemic is devastating the country. 4000+ dead every day. Then the Government says it is going to ship more vaccine and there is none.

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